Leah Rinehardt
Troutman Funeral Home
345 North Main Street
Troutman, NC
Leah Rinehardt

Leah Rinehardt, 103, of Rock Hill, S.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Troutman Funeral Home is assisting the Rinehardt family.
Published by Statesville Record & Landmark on Oct. 11, 2021.
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I struggled sleeping last night as Mama Rachel was on my mind and so many of my early childhood that she played a significant part in. She was the epitome of a "homemaker" and she made it look so easy. I'll never understand how she juggled it all. She was the most Godly and gracious woman I know. I never saw her get upset or swear. My fondest memory was she always made homemade biscuits for lunch which she prepared for David and us every single day. I still love hot biscuits and honey to this day. She taught me to pray and give thanks before eating. I remember her homemade pies but moreso, the magic of her making the perfect meringue. The ironing board where she meticulously starched Dave's shirts with homemade starch in a bowl as I stood at the end hoping one day I would be big enough and she would let me iron. I first heard of golf watching Dinah Shore golf on the TV. Back in the day it was uncommon for women to golf, but yes, Mama Rachel golfed. As the World Turns also entertained me as I often played in the floor with her box of hair rollers and hairnets. To to keep us from the guest room she didn't want us playing in, there was the infamous Venus fly trap that we occasionally snuck to see from a distance. If we got rambunctious we we're sent outside to porch on the metal gliders or metal tricycles and tractors or swing in the back. Mama Rachel always kept a stockpile of Juicy Fruit or Ritz Crackers which I'm sure she gave me to keep me quiet in Big Church at Diamond Hill. To this day, the smell of Juicy Fruit takes me back to my childhood. Mama Rachel probably never really knew my most fondest childhood memories are from my times spent with her or how she much she has impacted my life. I didn't get to see her often or talk to her nearly enough. But I thank God for the 50+ years of having my Mama Rachel and I only pray everyone has a "Mama Rachel" in their life.
Kimberly Stills Feltham
October 12, 2021
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